Reception held for Honors program students

A reception was held on September 9 for students enrolled in the Penn State Schuylkill Honors program. The program consists of thirty-four students who meet rigorous academic standards, including an overall SAT score of 1,700 or a minimum college GPA of 3.5. These students must complete seven credits of honors courses every year.

Charles Cantalupo, Distinguished Professor of English, comparative literature and African studies, and chair of the Honors Council, highlighted the Honors Program's achievements in the last year, including Honors student travel to New York City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and to Philadelphia for a production of Phantom of the Opera; a spring break Honors Program trip to Boston to hear its famous symphony, feast on Boston history, and marvel at the New England Aquarium and at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; outstanding performances by Honors students presenting their undergraduate research at conferences; and a campus-wide symposium debate on drug legalization.

Cantalupo also noted that the program produced three new Schreyer Scholars who would be attending Penn State University Park as full-fledged members of the Schreyer Honors College, which was an unprecedented achievement for Penn State Schuylkill.

Darcy Medica, member of the Honors Council, encouraged Honors students at the reception to take full advantage of all of the unique opportunities that would be available to them. The new co-coordinators for the 2014-2015 academic year, Michael Gallis, associate professor of physics, and Valerie Schrader, assistant professor of communications, spoke of their excitement to be working with such a talented group of students and these faculty are looking forward to assisting them in their academic endeavors. Schrader herself is a former Penn State Schreyer Honors Scholar.  

The three Schuylkill students that were recognized for their acceptance into the Schreyer Honors College this year are; Avril Cooper, biology, Harnoor Singh, biology, and Joshua Yom, English.

For additional information about the Penn State Schuylkill Honors Program, contact Dr. Cantalupo at 570-385-6055 or [email protected], Dr. Gallis at 570-385-6053 or [email protected], or Dr. Schrader at 570-385-6072 or [email protected].